Matthew Long-Middleton

Central Standard Producer

Matthew has been involved in media since 2003. While hosting a show on his college radio station, he quickly realized the influence, intimacy and joys of radio. Rising up through the ranks, he became co-station manager of WKCO in 2006.

Matthew soon after graduated cum laude from Kenyon College. After a brief stint as a short-order cook in exotic Gambier, Ohio he joined Murray Street Productions as the marketing manager. At Murray Street he also conducted interviews, produced podcasts, wrote scripts for Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, and made the office computers hum.

In addition to working at Murray Street, Matthew has done freelance radio production and his work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio’s local news program Eight Forty-Eight. He has also worked as a marketing assistant at WBGO in Newark, NJ, where he helped to grow audience through placing advertisements, managing the station social media, improving the website, building email campaigns and doing in person promotion at jazz events throughout New York and New Jersey.

Matthew now enjoys the thrills of producing KCUR's daily talk show Central Standard. When he's not producing you can typically find him biking, reading, cooking or exploring Kansas City.

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Central Standard
10:26 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kansas City's Front Porches Are Gathering Places, And Now Music Venues, Too

PorchFests fill historic city neighborhoods with live music, in Kansas City and throughout the United States.
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The front porch is an American institution. It's an ideal place to wind down with a cool drink on a summer night. But this familiar scene is all-too-easy to take for granted.

On the occasion of Kansas City's inaugural PorchFest, a music festival bringing 70 bands to residential porches, Central Standard takes a look at the history of the American front porch. We also visit with the festival organizer to hear about the bands bringing West Plaza porches to life this weekend.

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Central Standard
6:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

A Check-In On The State Of Kansas City Metro Bike Infrastructure

Eric Bunch, Director of Education at BikeWalk KC, believes that Kansas City needs to install more dedicated cycle tracks, similar to this one in Vancouver, Canada, to inspire more people to utilize bike transportation in Kansas City.
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When you pull onto a street in a car, you have certain expectations. The road will be smoothly paved, with clearly marked lanes, and the network of streets will not end without warning, leaving you stranded before you’ve reached your destination. But, if you’re riding a bike in the Kansas City metro, finding a safe, continuous route can be challenging.

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Central Standard
12:30 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Kansas City's Stay-At-Home Dads Do More Than Stay At Home

Members of KC DADS visit the KCUR studios with their kids.
Credit Alyson Raletz, KCUR

In anticipation of Father's Day, Central Standard visited with a stay-at-home dad to hear about the unique trials and triumphs of full-time fathers. We also heard about a group of stay-at-home dads who get out and about in the city together, forming a tight-knit community for raising kids and having adventures, including a monthly storytime at the library.

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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Disparity In Kansas City Playground Distribution

Children prefer playgrounds with more than two colors.
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The memories of our childhood playgrounds remain with many of us as adults. A recent study of Kansas City's parkland revealed that low-income areas have fewer playgrounds in their parks than high-income areas.

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Central Standard
4:59 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The History of Recent Political Conventions

Ronald Reagan on the podium with Gerald Ford at the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City after narrowly losing the presidential nomination.
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Kansas City is getting the once-over this week from members of the Republican National Committee, who are in town to see whether we have what it takes to host the party’s 2016 national convention.

The last convention here came in 1976, and it was a hummer: A candidate named Ronald Reagan was taking on the incumbent president, Gerald Ford, and the battle went down to convention week.

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Central Standard
3:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Historic Northeast Neighborhoods: People, Art, Food

The Northeast Concourse Fountain is a gathering place in the historic northeast neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo.
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As part of KCUR's Beyond Our Borders series, Central Standard met with a handful of residents of Kansas City's historic Northeast to hear about the people and projects shaping the future of that part of town. In particular, artist Hector Casanova told us about his project working with students to transform a boarded-up old school building in the neighborhood by treating its surfaces as a giant canvas.

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Central Standard
2:07 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Lawrence’s ‘Smutty Metaphor Queen’ On Her ‘Lawless’ Poetry

Patricia Lockwood is gaining notoriety for her poetry... and her disregard for social taboo.
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The following content may be offensive to some. Discretion is advised. 

"Rape Joke," "Live Nude Dads Read The Sunday Paper," and "The Cum Queens of Hyatt Place" are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to poet Patricia Lockwood's absurdity.

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Central Standard
11:27 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou

Poet and author Maya Angelou passed away last week, but her influence on artists and writers around the world remains.
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“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." For Maya Angelou, these words were a way of life. Her poetry and prose, even her off-the-cuff remarks during interviews, made people feel things deeply.

On Tuesday's Central Standard, local artist Peregrine Honig and writer Natasha Ria El-Scari join host Gina Kaufmann to share how Maya Angelou impacted their lives.

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Central Standard
1:15 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones

Excessive television, overindulging in junk food and soda: Can we replace bad habits with good ones?
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Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." 

But making excellence a habit is easier said than done. For most people, the word habit evokes thoughts of junk food or television, not excellence.

Psychologist Bruce Liese stopped by Central Standard to talk about the ins and outs of habit formation, and help us recognize the difference between a good habit and a bad one. He offered advice on getting to the root causes of our most deeply ingrained patterns and offered insight into the common problem of relapse. 

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Central Standard
9:42 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Food Critics: Best Cheese Spots In Kansas City

Food critic Emily Farris believes choosing a cheese plate as a dessert is always the best choice.
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It’s difficult to imagine a life without cheese.

We eat our cheese grilled, deep-fried, cubed, shredded, baked in pastry and whipped into a tiramisu. 

On Friday's Central Standard, the food critics explored the cheeses of the Kansas City region, from Asiago to Velveeta and everything in between.

Here are their recommendations:

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Central Standard
3:20 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Highway 71: Connecting The Metro, Dividing Neighborhoods

Highway 71 was envisioned as "less than a freeway, more than a parkway."
Credit Tim Samoff / Flickr, Creative Commons

 

Highways connect people and places with a speed we've come to take for granted. But highways also have a history of dividing and sometimes nearly obliterating the very communities they intersect.

Perhaps the most controversial example of this phenomenon in Kansas City is U.S. Highway 71. 

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Central Standard
4:33 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

What's Going On Below: An Update On The Sewer System Overhaul

Kansas City's biggest public works project to date is taking place beneath our streets.
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Who's digging in the street outside your window? Hopefully, it's Kansas City Water Services.

The city recently embarked on a major, multi-billion-dollar overhaul of the combined sewer and wastewater system, which was first laid out in the nineteenth century.

Four years into the overhaul, officials from the Water Services Department visited the Central Standard studios to remind us why we're doing this in the first place, and to let us know how it's going so far. 

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Central Standard
2:43 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Constructing A Sustainable Toilet

Bill Jacoby watches as research assistant Nick Wilkinson takes a sample of the toilet system's water output.
Credit Jessica Salmond / University of Missouri

Professors from the University of Missouri and Duke University have been working to design self-sustaining toilets.  While this may not seem like a need in counties with developed sewer system, in places without sewer networks dealing with human waste can be a serious health problem. According to the World Health Organization, 2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility and roughly 2 million people die every year due to diarrhoeal diseases, most of them younger than 5 years old.

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Central Standard
3:43 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

A Visiting Curator's Perspective On Kansas City's Art Scene

Danny Orendorff at his first Kansas City exhibit at the gallery La Esquina. The exhibit was called We'll Make Out Better Than Okay.
Credit EG Schempf

Danny Orendorff arrived in Kansas City a year ago to serve as Curator-in-Residence for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Before he arrived in town for this rotating position, his career was split between San Francisco and Chicago.

With a year of close observation under his belt, Danny Orendorff shares his notes on Kansas City's strengths and weaknesses as an art city. He also tells us about his current exhibition at La Esquina gallery, provocatively titled The Stench of Rotting Flowers

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Central Standard
12:02 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Abuse Narratives Inform Recovery In Domestic Violence Shelters

A University of Kansas professor's recent research at a domestic violence shelter indicates that the way survivors must tell their stories in order to gain access to resources could be working against the emotional recovery process.

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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Movie Critics: May 2014

On Friday's Central Standard, Friday host Russ Simmons and the film critics examine the diversity of films that have arrived in the cinema this May. Plus they investigate the changing designed and amenities of theaters discussing if having food and alcohol served actually enhance the movie experience.

Opens May 2:

  • The Amazing Spider-man 2 (PG-13) - 2.5 out of 5

Opens May 9:

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Central Standard
5:14 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Three Decades Of Poverty Law In Kansas City: Highlights From Julie Levin's Career

Credit Courtesy of Julie Levin.

Julie Levin has worked with Legal Aid of Western Missouri since 1977.

In that time, she's had some monumental cases, from a suit against the Kansas City Housing Authority in 1989 that changed the face of public housing, to a case on behalf of a client who lost her job while on maternity leave. That last case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Crime Writer Joel Goldman Turns Kansas City Into A Character

Credit Courtesy of Joel Goldman

Joel Goldman was a trial lawyer in Kansas City when he came down with a medical condition that meant he couldn’t practice law. So he took all that knowledge of the law, plus some intriguing true crime stories, and turned them into fiction.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Could Cannabis Return As Cash Crop?

Cannabis has two varieties. Hemp is the variety with less than 3% THC content and is used agricultural production in Canada.
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In 1942 the U.S. Department of Agriculture produced a film promoting the many uses of hemp and touted its production as part of a patriotic mission to win the war effort. But, shortly after World War II domestic production of any form of cannabis, hemp or otherwise, became prohibited. But, the legacy of this once cash crop lingers and you don't need to look far off the roads of Kansas and Missouri to find wild varieties of "ditch weed" growing.

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Central Standard
5:41 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Cash Money Crew: Paying for College

College graduates this year will be, on average, the most indebted ever.
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Graduating seniors of 2014 will, on average, be the most indebted graduating class ever. This debt carries with it real consequences. For the first time having a college education makes someone less likely to have a home mortgage by age 30.

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Central Standard
12:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Michael Sam And The State Of Gay Acceptance In The Midwest

Ten years ago, the people of Missouri overwhelmingly voted to change the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Last week, when openly gay football player Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, in Missouri, the outcry condemning Sam's lifestyle stood in stark contrast to an overwhelming outpouring of support.

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Central Standard
2:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Glenn North: Fostering Raw Self-Expression At 18th And Vine

Poet Glenn North has held court at the American Jazz Museum's Blue Room for the past decade.
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When Glenn North read a poem at the grand opening for the American Jazz Museum in 1997, something clicked.

From that moment on, the poet and the museum grew in tandem.  In 2004, North officially joined the museum's staff, establishing a nationally recognized spoken word scene at the museum's Blue Room.

North recently left his post as education manager and poet-in-residence. He plans to finish his master's degree and focus on his poetry.

Upon his departure, Central Standard invited him to sit down for a talk. Among the highlights:

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Central Standard
12:25 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Does Our City Bring Strangers Together, Or Keep Them Apart?

This crowd on Kansas City's westside probably assembled lots of strangers; where else does that happen, and how often?
Credit Jean / Flickr, Creative Commons

A recent article in the New York Times compiled a growing body of evidence suggesting that the more frequent our interactions with strangers, the happier we tend to be. The findings apply to introverts and extroverts alike. In response to the enthusiasm around that article, Central Standard asked whether the people of Kansas City encounter strangers often enough in their day-to-day lives. Does Kansas City's built environment facilitate or prohibit these kinds of interactions?

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Changing Role Of Natural History Museums

Ron Harvey, a conservator with Tuckerbrook Conservation LLC, uses a goat hair brush to tease decades-old dust from the hair of a bison specimen at the Natural History Museum on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCPT

The Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas is restoring its iconic Panorama of North American Plants and Animals, a 360-degree display of wildlife from North America. The Panorama was originally created in 1893 by KU professor Lewis Lindsay Dyche for the Kansas Pavilion of the World's Columbian Exhibition of the World's Fair in Chicago.

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Central Standard
10:05 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Unearthed Treasure: The Ethics And Aesthetics Of Displaying Tomb Relics

Two museum exhibitions currently in Kansas City are using tomb relics to bring ancient times and faraway places to life.  These artifacts have survived journeys of thousands of miles and thousands of years.

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Central Standard
3:36 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Kansas Pride: Loving A Big State With A Big Reputation

Kansas: It can sometimes be quite pretty in its own subtle way.
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Kansans sometimes get picked on. They've heard every joke in the book about Toto and Dorothy, and they're not amused.

On Central Standard, we met with two people whose love for the state is both unconventional and all-consuming. They discuss the many rewards that await those willing to explore a state so often dismissed as empty and flat, suggesting ideas for enjoyable daytrips (see below).  They also offer suggestions for how Kansas can overcome some of its less flattering stereotypes. 

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Eddie Rickenbacker: WWI Ace

A century ago, America got hooked on speed. On the ground, speed meant motor cars and in the air, it meant planes. All that speed was delivered by the internal combustion engine, and no one represented the new world of motor speed better than Eddie Rickenbacker. He was not only a champion race-car driver, but also the greatest of World War I flying aces.

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Central Standard
1:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mother's Day: A Radical History, Plus Kansas Citians' Stories

Flowers are a nice gesture on Mother's Day, but there's more to this holiday than meets the eye.
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You could be forgiven if you happen to believe that Mother's Day is a holiday invented by florists, candy stores and greeting card companies. In point of fact, however, this holiday has a hard-won, grassroots history that puts today's celebrations in context.

On Central Standard, a historian introduced us to three women who lobbied for a mother's day of sorts: the first out of a desire for peace, the second to decrease infant mortality through education, and the third in service of her own professional yearnings.

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Central Standard
2:15 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Share Economies On The Rise

Share economies are trending in the Kansas City marketplace. These are networks that give people access to goods and services without ownership. Airbnb, for example, is a service in which travelers can rent a living space from a complete stranger for a short time.

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Central Standard
12:38 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Diversity Among Teachers In Kansas City

Our nation's classrooms are gaining diversity; is there a need for teachers to reflect that reality?
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Recent studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association point to what some are calling a diversity gap in American schools. While student populations are growing more and more racially diverse, the teaching pool isn't changing at a pace that reflects that reality.

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